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Multiple objectives on a walk in the park


Katie gets me up early every day and today I should thank her because I used her motivation to head down to Kensington, my favorite park, which is about 40 minutes south of where Katie and I live.

The woods was full of light and dark images. Should this be the “one” for the weekly photo challenge? No…I don’t think it’s quite right.

You’ve been on walks with me there before – would you like to come along on this one? Are you sure? It’s going to get a bit long, but there are benches strategically placed along the way in case you’d like to stop for a bit.

This is a pretty bench, should I convert it to black & white for Cee’s challenge? No, I don’t think this is the perfect bench shot yet.

Speaking of benches, that was one of my photo objectives because benches is the subject of Cee’s Black & White photo challenge this week. And Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge is all about light and dark.

Plus I needed something for Trent’s weekly smile challenge.

Surely that drop of early morning mist will make you smile.

So I headed into the woods hoping I could find beautiful things that would satisfy those three challenges. Because when you go into the woods you just never know what you’ll find…but you know you’ll always find something.

This is light and dark, but so much like my Wordless Wednesday post, maybe it’s not ‘the one.’

Truth be told I headed to the most remote trails first thing this morning hoping that I’d see some deer and maybe even some fawns. I got to the park at 7:30 and almost wished I’d arrived earlier, though it was hard to keep an eye out for deer when the path was so full of roots and rocks just waiting to trip me up in the dark, damp woods. I sure didn’t want to fall, so I was being extra careful.

Lots of places for a person like me to trip.

But I did catch this doe. (6/6 edit: Let’s thank Linda for noticing that this ‘doe’ has the beginning of antlers! You can enlarge photos by clicking on them, and apparently she did! This is a he, so I’m changing all the shes and hers to hes and his) He seemed to be alone and I wondered if he had a baby or two somewhere nearby. I only got one opportunity to get his picture, then he dashed away. I liked how the light made his ears pink. I looked hard for a fawn hidden somewhere near but I didn’t see one.

Get your shot lady, I’m not sticking around!

Eventually the soft forest trail turned into a sort of mowed pasture path. The grass was long and wet. I stopped and tucked my pants into my socks and sprayed my ankles with deet. I’d never been on this part of the trail and I was curious what might be ahead.

Turns out the path went right by this small pond with it’s accompanying….bench.

A good place to rest if you have bug spray.

Yes, I thought to myself, now this is the perfect bench for Cee’s Black & White challenge. I stayed there for a bit, trying different angles, but eventually the mosquitoes made me move along. Mosquitoes are like that.

After a couple of miles the trail headed back and reconnected with the more popular paths. I figured I wouldn’t see any more deer. But I was wrong.

She was busy watching another woman who was coming toward me on the path.

A woman talking on her phone was coming toward me and she captured the doe’s attention.

I edged closer.

I cropped this so you could see her eyelashes. She looks surprised but she didn’t mind me at all.

She let me take as many photos as I wanted as long as I didn’t move fast. In fact it seemed like she was posing.

Did you get my good side?

She was definitely a nursing mom, but I didn’t see a fawn hidden anywhere nearby, and she didn’t seem nervous, so maybe it was napping further away.

Continuing on I heard a rustling in a pile of last year’s oak leaves. I expected another chipmunk or squirrel, there had been dozens of them rushing around the forest floor.

Mr. (or Mrs.) Snake went slithering off in search of breakfast.

Still looking for a perfect light and dark image, I noticed these ferns. Very pretty. Definitely light and dark there.

I liked the deep color and the repeated pattern, but it’s not ‘the’ image.

But maybe it’s not exactly right for the challenge.

Moving along, still on the lookout I noticed this perfect dandelion sitting in a puddle of sun.

The light made the seeds glow against the dark background. Still…it’s not quite what I wanted.

But I’ve done a post about dandelions. And I was hoping to find something new.

Definitely light and dark. Hmmmm…maybe it’s the one.

Meanwhile I was pretty much smiling the entire walk, but these guys, grooming themselves and oblivious to me made me grin.

You’d think we could get some privacy here.

And the light off this opening blossom made me smile too.

Pretty in yellow.

But what would be the perfect light and dark image for Nancy’s photo challenge? There were so many to chose from.

In the end I loved this one. One of the first images I took at the beginning of my walk when the sun was barely up…the dew lining the edges of the leaves.

This one met two objectives – light and dark and it made me smile.

After I got out of the woods I wandered over to the boardwalk that lines the lake where a giant heron rookery lives. The baby herons are now teenagers and huge! Mom and dad herons are very busy trying to feed their demanding children. There is a whole lot of activity, and even though I had already met my objectives I couldn’t help but stop for awhile and watch the goings on.

But this is already long enough. If you want to see the craziness that was visible from the boardwalk you’ll have to wait for the next post. In fact I’m thinking about going back tomorrow morning, getting there earlier and spending more time watching the rookery and the lake that surrounds it.

Wait. What? You say you want to see the herons now? Well here’s a taste.

Incoming parent, hungry teens wait for lunch!

But there will be more. I promise. You never know what I’ll come back with!

Very cool tree art.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

37 thoughts on “Multiple objectives on a walk in the park

  1. Great photos! And a nice walk. Looking forward to seeing part 2!

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  2. This was great, Dawn! I would have had one heckuva time deciding which photo to choose for ‘light and dark.’ Your final selection–perfect.

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  3. Fabulous, fabulous pictures. A very fruitful walk. The deer are my favorite.

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  4. Those are some mighty fine photo skills you have there…I love the deer ….that look on her face…”oh no….you’re taking my photo and I don’t have my makeup on!”

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  5. You have a treasure trove of images here, especially of the deer. I am scared of snakes, but this was a pretty one.

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  6. Thank you for the wonderful walk, Dawn. So many beautiful images. ❤

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  7. I love walks like this through the woods, paths, trails and with nature all around.Great pics I feel like I was there with you. I love it when they have benches along the way.

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  8. Oh, you got some beauties in the park this time! I love the closeups of the deer and the dandelion; the snake? Not so much! And I can see why you’d have to be careful on that path with the roots criss-crossing it — my ribs hurt just thinking about tumbling down there!

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    • Well, I didn’t want to fall, and with my propensity to fall these past couple of years I could imagine all too well breaking something and laying there until someone came to help.


  9. What a nice walk! Great capture of the deer’s spirit. I felt very peaceful reading this, except when those mosquitoes started buzzing. The bugs are fierce around here these days.

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  10. Dawn I just loved all of these. Thanks for the close up on the deer’s eyelashes- how amazing! Those grooming birds- what are they? And your caption for that incoming bird made me laugh. Beautiful captures

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    • The birds doing their morning groom are sandhill cranes. They let me stand very close to them for the photos, and weren’t concerned about me at all. All the birds at this park are used to people taking pictures of them. And the cranes and herons are the super stars.


  11. You certainly nailed your multiple objectives, Dawn. Such a beautiful area to be to walk around in. We have a huge bike trail area near us and the deer love to put on a show, too. Gorgeous photos!

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  12. That deer that was posing … her preorbital gland (right in front of her eye) was closed, indicating that she did not feel any danger. Elk do/have this too, maybe others in the deer family. But it’s a good thing to look for when you’re out and about. Second photo, third photo, and the dandelion closeup are my favorites. All of the photos are stupendous. 🙂

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  14. I like your photos, especially the NOT DOE who posed for you. Not that it wasn’t special that the snake allowed you to snap a pic! I haven’t been out in the woods in months now, so seeing the colors and textures is refreshing.

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  15. I liked the light through the bottom half of the oak leaf.

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  16. You take wonderful pictures.


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